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Lincoln Electric ordered to pay welder sickened by fumes $17.5 million [USA]

A federal jury in Cleveland on Wednesday ordered Euclid-based Lincoln Electric Holdings and four other companies to pay $17.5 million to a welder who claims he got sick from the fumes he inhaled... The nine-person jury in U.S. District Court in Cleveland found that Lincoln Electric, Hobart Brothers Co. [part of Illinois Tool Works], ESAB Group [part of Charter], TDY Industries [part of Allegheny Technologies] and BOC Group [part of Linde] showed negligence by not warning Jeff Tamraz of the toxicity of manganese in their products... Plaintiffs in the welding cases claim that the ultra-fine manganese particles in welding fumes...cause damage that results in tremors. Medical studies attempting to determine whether there is such a cause-and-effect relationship have been mostly inconclusive. The welding companies have said that the amount of manganese in welding fumes is too low to cause harm...